If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another.
— Winston Churchill
I had a wickedly funny video I was going to share with you today, but having thought some more about it, I believe I will defer it for another day. I, for one, am needing a break from the clever but stinging political and social satire.
For these are the Halcyon Days. This is a time out of time, an interval offered by the Loving Giver of Good, to step back, heal, and breathe as we enter the dark of Winter.
I am making a conscious choice to keep my focus on what is gentle, joyful, and peaceful. So, today’s act of kindness is a gift for you, and for you to share with those you love, who just possibly might sometimes be a teensy bit susceptible to media-induced perfectionism. It is a humorous reminder from the blog of one of my favorite writers, Jennifer Louden. She is the author of the classic, The Woman’s Comfort Book, as well as many other guidebooks for finding our way back to balance and serenity in a crazy world. Enjoy!
11 Ways to Survive the Holidays
2. Try to be everything to everybody at all times.
3. Glue glitter on everything. Keep getting little pieces in your eye, especially while driving in holiday traffic.
4. Visit a mall. Then a big box store. Then go back to the mall for something you forgot. Be sure and grab something to eat in the food court and eat really fast while sitting under florescent lighting listening to Christmas carols. Don’t drink any water all day while you shop.
5. Handcraft hundreds of intricate holiday cards that involve more glitter and long handwritten notes. Send to everyone you have ever met. Go to the post office during the busiest time and stand in line for hours to buy cute holiday stamps.
6. Compete with your neighbors to see who can put up the most elaborate holiday decorations. Make multiple trips to the hardware store for replacement bulbs.
7. Eat massive amounts of holidays confections. Be sure and eat the most sugary ones with coffee before breakfast several days in a row and then (because you started a diet), don’t eat anything until dinner. Be amazed at your mood swings and memory loss.
8. Fret frequently about what you are going to give _______ and _______ . When you decide, spend more than you can afford.
9. Stay up late many nights doing any or all of the above.
10. Say yes to every party, recital, play, Nutcracker, caroling, gift exchange, latke-frying, sleigh-slooshing invite. Or pout because you didn’t get any.
11. Keep trying to run your business, do your work, write your book, exercise, keep your relationships healthy, be politically active, find the true meaning of the holidays, and oh yeah, stay on that diet.
Wait… I have to extract my tongue from my cheek…
I really only have one thing to say about the holidays: This year, choose what you want to do – not what any article says nor what you did last year nor what your grandmother did in 1889 and certainly not what you think you should do.
Find your beautiful and imperfect way.